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I am looking for some help from the river rats. It is a little embarrasing to admit but I have never fished the red river even though I live 5 miles from the river. All this talk about big piggy's in the red has peaked my interest, I have to give it a try. Where can I find a good map or where do I start to fish / look for the walleyes?, What type of tactics? Equipment? bait? Presentaion? Time of year? Any info would be great. Thanks in advance.

Jay R

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First and fore-most, I'm not an expert, but I've been fishing the Red for a while now- it you want the real low-down for info. around here you need to talk to Ed. For info. up North talk to Dkiazyk.
What kind of piggy are you interested in looking for? Walleyes should start going in the next few weeks (I hope) and catfish should be a little while after that. Give us a little more direction in terms of what info you'd like to hear about.
Scoot

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Should have been a little more clear, I am interested in info on walleye fishing in the red river. Thanks any info would be great

Jay R

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I am in the Moorhead are so most interested in the portion of the red within 50 miles or so of moorhead. Thanks again

Jay R

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I am not too shy about sharing information about river fishing Jay. Although as a guide and with the specific geographical details you're requesting I feel you may be best off by booking a trip.

Quite frankly you would learn much more in a one day that way then reading a lot of tid-bits I post in response to your questions on a forum.

If that may interest you give me a buzz. We can search out a piggy and build some local river skills all at once.

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Jay,

It'll save you a lot of time and in the long run money by taking Ed's suggestion and booking an outing or two with him. I've heard several people comment on fishing with Ed and I have yet to hear of one person who was less than very impressed- he does a good job of both finding fish and making it an enjoyable experience.
By the way, no I don't get a cut of his guiding fees!
Ed,
Any updated guesses as to when the run to the dams might happen for the local population of eyes? Looks like warmer weather starting on Mon.- I'm hoping that's a sign of things to come. Any hot reports for those of us who haven't been on the river in a while?
Scoot

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Mmmm--Boy, maybe 3 weeks after the sustained warming begins?

This blast of arctic air set things back some that is certain. The major deciding factor is light levels then waters temps, so the clock is ticking closer day by day.

I am praying for a week of on and off again rain myself. That way we loose the ice quickly and safely as well as warming the run off evenly.

When you see the pike start the small male walleye may be a week after more or less.


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Ed Carlson
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Thanks for the responses,

I would really like to book a trip Eddy and I am sure it would be a great learning experience. However having a young family and not wanting to explain to the significant other why I needed to book a guided fishing trip I will have to pass for now. So any just general info to get me started would be great and I want to chase walleyes to start with. I saw in your other reports you go to the Christine and Oxbow dams, are they good spots? They are very close to were I live. Thanks again and I checked out your website great site very well put together. Thanks again

Jay

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Most dams are a good bet as the waters warm and fish begin to move.

Jigs and floating jig rigs work well on most areas. To save yourself a lot of cash on tackle learn to tie up a 3-way split shot drop rig. From shore it will produce very well under most conditions.

Tools that will help you learn the region and the rivers are http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/image.asp?T=1&S=14&X=208&Y=1623&Z=14&W=2


It can place you on fish by learning what to look for in the area as for locations. Once you play with it a bit you will see why.

Photo's and topo maps sure help to get accustomed to the region. A very usefully and fun tool.

That should get you rolling in style this spring Jay.


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Ed Carlson
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http://home.talkcity.com/ResortRd/backwtr1/index.html

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Eddy,

Thanks for the info, I am going to give this a try and can't wait to get out there. Maybe see you on the river sometime. Thanks again.

Jay r

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Eddy:

Interested in trying for catfish, sometime. Should a person bring a boat, or does it work just as well to fish from shore? I have done some river fishing in the past for walleyes, so kind of know what to look for, there. Do the cats hang in the same areas as the walleyes?
What would be a good time of the year to try?

Finally, how much do you charge for a day of guiding on the river, and where would you go?

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Check out my web site and you can get the details you need.

Come on over, we can hunt down some piggys, just fihure out when it works best for you and I will give you some options to work with.

http://home.talkcity.com/ResortRd/backwtr1/index.html

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Ed Carlson
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http://home.talkcity.com/ResortRd/backwtr1/index.html

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